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About Bishop Itty

The Right Reverend Johncy Itty, D.D., PhD

The Right Reverend Johncy Itty, D.D., PhD served as the IXth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and ministered in a variety of urban, suburban, rural, and remote settings.  In his ministry as a diocesan bishop he has actively promoted congregational development, children’s’ and youth ministries, Christian spiritual formation, and the renewal and transformation of diocesan life through a gospel based focus on Christian Discipleship, Mission, and Evangelism. Bishop Itty also served as Chairman of the Board of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Oregon Episcopal School, and assumed oversight of a number of institutions in the Diocese of Oregon.  He now assists in the Diocese of Long Island.


Actively engaged in humanitarian development and relief efforts, ecumenical, and interfaith conversations, he presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Church World Service, a major global international humanitarian development and relief organization operating in over 70 countries around the world.  Bishop Itty also serves as a Vice President of the National Council of Churches, USA, an ecumenical body representing 36 protestant denominations in the U.S.  Previously he served as Canon Residentiary of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, served as the Social Justice Officer for the Episcopal Church, and the Human Rights officer in the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations.  He has served as a research consultant at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and has represented the Anglican UN Office at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. He has served as an editorial respondent for WCBS-TV, worked as a planner / portfolio manager for the United States General Services Administration, and also served as Instructor and Adj. Assistant Professor of Political Science in the City University of New York where he taught political science, international affairs and comparative government.


Bishop Itty holds advanced graduate degrees from Columbia University, the City University of New York, and completed his theological training at The New York Theological Seminary. He received his PhD from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, from The General Theological Seminary, New York, in recognition of his significant service to the Diocese of Oregon and his contribution to the ministry of the wider church. Bishop Itty has also recently been awarded The Distinguished Ministry award from The New York Theological Seminary and has been the recipient of many other awards and citations for his contributions to ecumenism and ministry.


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